A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) is a primary health care provider to women of all ages throughout their lives. CNMs focus on gynecologic and family planning services, as well as preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care. They also provide primary care such as conducting annual exams, writing prescriptions, and offering basic nutrition counseling.
Frontier Nursing University offers a graduate Nurse-Midwifery specialty track that can be pursued full- or part-time while completing a Master of Science in Nursing or a Post-Graduate Certificate. After earning an MSN or certificate, you have the option to transition to the Companion Doctor of Nursing Practice program via a direct admission process.
With our distance education model, your home community serves as your classroom. Our flexible nurse-midwifery program allows you to complete courses online and work closely with practicing nurse-midwives during your clinical experience. View one popular path for RNs who hold a bachelor’s degree here.
Our Community-based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (CNEP) curriculum has a strong academic and clinical basis. It is unique in that we teach you not only to be a nurse-midwife, but also to be an entrepreneur and a leader in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on underserved and rural populations.
CARING FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES
Nurse-midwives contribute significantly to better care for women and families. This is why a number of health care organizations across the country are embracing collaborative models and adding nurse-midwives to health care teams.
Nurse-midwives with their unique skill sets help improve quality and decrease costs. They also serve as excellent advocates for patients, which is particularly important as more and more women are seeking out-of-hospital care.
At Frontier Nursing University, our goal is to educate more nurse-midwives so that midwifery care is available to all women who seek it.
Advanced practice nursing education for:
- RNs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
- RNs with an ADN Degree
- Nurse Practitioners
SPECIALTY TRACK OVERVIEW
- Complete your coursework online at home.
- Full- or part-time options available.
- After earning your MSN at FNU, you can complete a DNP with an additional 19 credit hours.*
- Two brief on-campus stays**
- Complete your clinical practicum in your home community.
- 675 clinical hours for the MSN plus an additional 360 hours for the DNP.
- Add a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate with only 4 credit hours and 180 clinical hours.
*The DNP may take longer than the 19 credit hours for students with a PGC. If you did not earn your MSN at FNU or if you completed your MSN at FNU before 2014, the credit hours needed to complete the Companion DNP will vary from 19 to 28 depending on your background.
** ADN Bridge entry students will visit campus three times.
Purpose, Philosophy and Objectives
Learn more about FNU’s nurse-midwifery program purpose, philosophy and objectives.
"We’re delighted that you’re considering nurse-midwifery. At Frontier, we are dedicated to preparing nurse-midwives to provide safe, satisfying, woman- and family-focused, evidence-based care. Midwifery care, midwifery students and Frontier Nursing University are my passions, and I would love to share those passions with you!"
- Tonya Nicholson, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNE, FACNM
Department Chair for Midwifery and Women’s Health
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